Tyler Junior College
TYLER (KYTX) – A statue of long-time Tyler Junior College President Dr. Harry Jenkins – stolen in April 1995 – has been recovered and returned to the College, TJC President Dr. Mike Metke announced in a news conference today.
TYLER (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - An almost two-decade-old mystery of a disappearing Tyler Junior College statue of former president Dr. Harry E. Jenkins has been solved, TJC officials announced today.
Dr. Mike Metke at news conference unveiled the recovered statue, stolen in April 1995.
"We are pleased that this valuable piece of TJC history has been returned to us and will once again be on display for faculty, staff and students to enjoy," Metke said.
The life-sized, 300-pound statue was last seen April 16, 1995. Tire tracks at the scene led authorities to speculate a truck was backed up to the statue's location.
No profitable leads developed, and the case remained unsolved until Metke and TJC criminal justice students launched a new investigation in August 2011.